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South Sudan regrets Kenya push to deploy foreign troops in Juba


July 18, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan government under the leadership of President Salva Kiir has described as “unfortunate” the position taken by the neighbouring Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and his government, in supporting proposed deployment of additional regional troops to join the current United Nations peacekeeping forces to help provide security for the capital, Juba, and restore peace in the country.

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Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta trying to convince South Sudanese president Salva Kiir back to the hall and sign peace agreement with rebel leader Riek Machar in Addis Ababa, on July 17, 2015 (ST)

On the other hand, the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) under the leadership of the First Vice President, Riek Machar, has welcomed the Kenyan President’s stance, saying it is for the good of the people of South Sudan and for regional peace and security.

President Kenyatta in his recent meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, said the region, including his own country, should urgently provide more troops to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to provide protection of leaderships and vulnerable citizens in South Sudan in the wake of violence last week in Juba in which hundreds of people were killed.

President Kenyatta said his country and those in the region have a collective responsibility to restore peace and security in South Sudan, saying the country has fallen down again.

“We have all watched events in South Sudan with sorrow. Our youngest brother has fallen, yet again, into division and violence. It is our responsibility – all of us, but especially those in the region – to restore peace, and to restore it durably,” said President Kenyatta according to the statement from his office.

“Let me be clear: those of us in the region have primary responsibility for peace and security here. But that responsibility is also collective – all of us must think carefully, and work hard, in the cause of peace,” he added.

The Kenyan leader also urged the UN Security Council to modify the mandate of UNMISS “so that it can separate those who have turned to violence, so that it can protect the infrastructure South Sudan has built, and so that it can enforce the peace. That is what collective responsibility means.”

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have all agree to send additional troops to Juba to restore peace.

The IGAD Executive Secretary, Mahboub Maalim, proposed a three-fold approach to addressing the South Sudan crisis.

“First, impose an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan. Second, enact additional targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders working to unravel the peace process. Third, fortify the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS,” the IGAD Executive Secretary said.

The top regional official said that the chiefs of staff from five countries comprising Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda have proposed reinforcement of UNMISS troops from the region under the same UNMISS mandate.

But South Sudan’s minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that it was unfortunate that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government of Kenya decided to support deployment of additional foreign troops to South Sudan.

“That proposal will not work, because a problem is not solved by another problem and this thinking is unfortunate. Kenyan government should have done better than this,” said Martin Elia Lomuro.

Minister Lomuro, an ally to President Salva Kiir, echoed his president’s earlier comments that he would not allow even a “single soldier” to deploy in South Sudan.

The opposition faction of the SPLM-IO says President Kiir has failed to control his forces or protect the people of South Sudan, coupled with his reluctance to fully implement the peace agreement which he signed in August last year.

The regional troops from Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda are expected to be deployed to Juba soon to take control of essential infrastructures including Juba International Airport.

The troops are expected to be given a stronger mandate including to use force against any party that will be initiating violence, threatening civilians or obstructing the implementation of the peace agreement.


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  • 19 July 2016 00:20, by Mr Point

    This is inconvenient!

    Deploying a foreign force of peacekeepers with additional powers to Juba will make it too difficult for the government to destabilise the country.

    What will the SPLA do if paid soldiers are prevented from looting markets and robbing civilians?

    How will the government complete its project of turning South Sudan into a new Somalia?

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    • 19 July 2016 13:57, by Dr Manago

      Can any one advice Kenyatta not to use South Sudan to clear his bad records in ICC. How could he think of Foreign Troops to be deployed in South Sudan.

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  • 19 July 2016 02:23, by Dinka-Defender-General

    East Africa leaders, stop and think. Can you fund the war? Are capable to stop the war in south Sudan? Did you solve Somalia problem? You are our problem. Why would you created or accept two separate soldiers in the country if you need to solve our problems? Please stay away.

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    • 19 July 2016 02:36, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Please reevaluate your position before you create another problem. Do three things if you want to solve our problem. Integrate soldiers immediately, demilitarized juba, eliminated power sharing because we already had power sharing, and don’t send more soldiers to juba because it will create more problems.

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      • 19 July 2016 02:51, by Dinka-Defender-General

        Another suggestion if you need to solve our problems. Let Machar stay in pagak until the election because he is the problem. Remember south Sudan is dangerous place because every household has a gun. Huge problem, right? So think first because you creating more problems.

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        • 19 July 2016 09:14, by Eastern


          Which funding the war? Where will yo Dinka government continue to get arms if it’s not Museveni of Uganda that will provide you arms. By the way the regional forces will even be deployed at Nimule, Kaya and Nadapal. How will you dinkas get the arms to terrorise the masses under the guise of "unknown gunmen". Nonsense!!!!

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      • 19 July 2016 09:48, by Southern Boy

        Hi Dinka
        thanks you for your comment Kenyan they have not solve their own problem with Somalia, what they will come and do here in south Sudan, what is faking Ethiopia soldiers to come and do in juba, they are in Abyei and they did nothing, let them come we will kill like their brother Nuer with Ethiopia ID.

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      • 19 July 2016 10:19, by Southern Boy

        Hi brothers in Equatorias

        please do not support any situation, were are you going to be if south Sudan become a zone of war, you when to become as Uganda people always as usual use to do? before this troops come you guys go Uganda so we see you in one direction, in Anyany 1 and 3 equatoria do nothing in liberation of South Sudan, so is better you guys go to Uganda before this troops arrived.

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        • 19 July 2016 15:46, by Hardlinner

          they shld only be allow to provide Riek with guards. atleast that will defuse the situation. Riek guards shld be allow after integration. no more two armies in juba. it quite volatile n would create more wars. south sudan airport is the property of south sudan n therefore no outside forces shall be allow to control it. let those IGAD countries build their own airport such that they can control it.

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    • 19 July 2016 07:26, by Active man

      Bravo President Kenyatta,peace n security in the region wouldn’t prevail if young brother has fallen down,real statement,however self proclaimed defend nothing will not understand.Please try to study his words carefully.

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  • 19 July 2016 02:45, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    South Sudan need to take serious action against Kenya and those countries in Africa. South Sudan will not tolerate any countries the destabilised the nation

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    • 19 July 2016 04:40, by barbayo

      did the kenya solve his own problem its leaf huge land to Shabab Majahdian now,why does control take from Shabab ?

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      • 19 July 2016 04:56, by barbayo

        Did Ethiopia solve its problem issues Oromia there is fighting in Mayale and all region of Oromia under war and Amahra region there is fighting now in Gondor now ,why Ethiopia does not stop that Wars every region has rebels in Ethiopia

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      • 19 July 2016 05:01, by barbayo

        Government of South Sudan should close all Kenya business in Juba include KCB band Equity Bank and the rest of business

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        • 19 July 2016 06:45, by choldit

          Poor Barbayo and the rest of beline supporters of this Dinka tribal leadership lead by thier tribalist Salva Kiir and chieftains , Dinka/Jieng council of Evils (JCE) will keep sheeting crock tears becoz the peace is beginning to come to SS and that the end of govt of "unknown gunmen killers" is one step away. The Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda countries have right to get us out of this dung.

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          • 19 July 2016 06:58, by choldit

            Kiir and his council of evils, JCE, must go and have the time in ICC with thier killing machine Malong Awan and Kuol Manyang Juuk and give peace a chance. These guys failed the nation in name of Dinka which is just like a black hole the never be filled. They loot the natural resources with impunity and killed everyone one they want to and defying every world system that thinks abt peace in SS.

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            • 19 July 2016 07:09, by choldit

              The Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya and Rwanda armies will be welcomed in any enterance with smile in the face. They are rescuers of SS civilians. That is painful to be rescue from ur own leaders by other countries leadership but is a reality for South Sudanese now else Dr Machar forces may be empowered and take SS by force which can be a quick and lasting solution to all these since Nuer are 4giving Pple

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              • 19 July 2016 08:39, by barbayo


                I done know you are too stupid like this , solution come from us not outsiders and mark my word among these countries will not enter South Sudan without approval from South Sudan government, and called them rescuers , why they do not rescues themselves from their rebels , Ethiopia (Ormoia) Sudan( SPLA-N and JEM) Kenya (Shabab) and Rwanda (M23)

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              • 19 July 2016 08:51, by barbayo


                i know reason during the last week incidents you done not got chance to looted in Juba , this was not like two years back war i know what you did it Malakal,the time you told David Reiu in Bank of Malakal take 100 SSP and US dollar only in Bank done take small money like 25SSP OR 50SSP ,i know that ,these countries can not rescuers they looters

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            • 19 July 2016 08:28, by Akuma

              Kenya government has no powers over South Sudan and their decisions doesn’t bothered South Sudan government and it citizens. If IGAD and AU troops call AMISOM fail to control and stabilize Somalia, how come for them to bring peace and security to South Sudan? Kenyatta must desist from supporting Riek Machar rebellion otherwise South Sudan government is watching on their activities closel

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  • 19 July 2016 05:47, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Barbayo and others;
    An old African saying: if you are trying to rescue a fallen dog by pulling it out from a pit, it will bite you. This is s lesson for Kenya to learn. Dinkas will never say thank you. Landlocked South Sudan don’t forget Mombasa. Martin Elia has dual citizenship and in any eventuality he can quit.

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  • 19 July 2016 08:56, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The way things stand in South Sudan, international intervention is vital to install a real South Sudan government in which all the tribes of the country has a say in the governance of the country. Jieng army under Malong should be disbanded and a patriotic, disciplined, educated army should be formed.So is the police service and security service.

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  • 19 July 2016 09:18, by Eastern

    It’s only the dinkas crying wolf on this forum. Did it occur to you that the excessive power Dinka people were showcasing can be taken away by a third party. Kiir’s leadership failure is becoming a burden on Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan through refugee problems. The wise solution is to address the root cause at the source in J1 in Juba!!!

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  • 19 July 2016 09:21, by Eastern

    All key installations should be maned by a foreign force. The Mathiang anyoor should be confined to Dinka states. Their presence in Juba, Nimule, Mundri, Yambio, Kaya, Yei, etc has led to a number of problems. Mathiang anyoor leadership should be indicted and not allowed to seek medical attention outside South Sudan!!!!

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    • 19 July 2016 15:56, by Hardlinner

      Eastern, where were those IGAD countries when south sudan was fighting against north?. only former government of Ethiopia led by Mangistu and Uganda have provided some help. we can only allow IGAD to provide Riek with guards such that the incident that occured at J1 does not repeat itself.

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      • 19 July 2016 19:08, by Eastern


        You better change your abnoxious name! The "help" from Ethiopia ended in 1991 when the Durge government was toppled. Uganda was used by USA as a conduit to ship into southern Sudan arms and other military hardware. Independent South Sudan cannot wish away America and the IGAD. Unless you think like Kiir and Malong!!!

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  • 19 July 2016 09:40, by Padiet Deng Alony

    now South Sudan goverment should put Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya as countries pushing for regime change.they should be categories as the enemies of the nation. South Sudan should now ally with Uganda, Eritrea and Egypt since the regional war is eminent. support Oromo Liberation Front and Ogaden Liberation Front (OLFs) in Ethiopia like wise Sudan and Kenya support their rebel too.

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    • 19 July 2016 09:55, by Eastern


      Try alienating Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia. Try making alliances with Egypt, Eritrea and Uganda. Egypt and Eritrea don’t have common borders with South Sudan. Uganda’s effort to support the criminal Dinka led government will be frustrated by the international force to be deployed in the country. You dinkas need to wake up; it’s not yet uhuru in South Sudan!!!

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      • 19 July 2016 15:19, by barbayo


        which among these countries Ethiopia ,Kenya and Sudan is free from insecurity in the country ? President of Kenya need by ICC and President of Sudan need by ICC and Ethiopia the case on table of ICC issue of Oromia who were killed by the current government of Ethiopia and Gambella 12,000 Nuer were killed by current regime , which country peaceful now?

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        • 19 July 2016 19:13, by Eastern


          Your English language is deplorable.....but if I understand what you want to say that both Ethiopia and Sudan have their own domestics issues so they shouldn’t interfere in South Sudanese affairs, you have missed the point! South Sudan doesn’t have a leader but there’s a leader leading his tribe using national resources. Kiir doesn’t represent all South Sudanese!!!

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      • 19 July 2016 16:15, by Son of Upper Nile

        Padiet know that IGAD forces intervention is the begining of restoration of law & order & real country in South Sudan. He knows it will be the end of tribal regieme that occupied Chollo lands east of White Nile & on Sobat River including Malakal town. It marks the end of annexation of small tribes rich land like Maban & Raja counties to Jieng dominanted unconstitutional states. Kiir & JCE can’t fi

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        • 19 July 2016 16:31, by Son of Upper Nile

          Kiir & JCE talk of fighting Kenya, Ethiopia & Sudan are just rhetoric. Their children & wifes are in Nairobi, their mansion & bank accounts also. I can’t talk of Mombasa port because they don’t care about the citizens. Sudan holds the keys for petro-dollar that JCE loves much in South Sudan. For Ethiopian Army when they entered Boma no one among the savage generals said a word

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    • 19 July 2016 13:42, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Padiet, only Jieng is affected by this political earthquake from Kigali. The present government is a Dinka government and not South Sudan government as many of them would like it to be. Having puppets from different tribes in the cabinet is unreal. Dinka land is just a component of South Sudanese nation and not the whole nation itself.

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